This update is intended to keep area residents aware of progress being made in efforts to build a sustainable and effective health care model for the community, and return Princeton General Hospital’s Emergency Department (ED) to full 24/7 coverage.
Through collaborative efforts, three new physicians have been recruited to begin work at the Cascade Medical Clinic in summer and fall 2013. They will join the permanent physician and nurse practitioner in providing primary healthcare services to area residents.
It’s anticipated the first new physician will arrive later this month, while the second and third are expected to join the clinic in September and October. The Cascade Clinic will begin booking appointments for each physician shortly before they arrive in the community.
These physicians will also be providing regular support to the Emergency Department. As these physicians arrive, Interior Health will be having discussions with them about the ED hours of operation.
Princeton Health Care Steering Committee:
A collaborative committee with representation from Interior Health, the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen, the Town of Princeton, physicians and nurse practitioner, the South Okanagan Similkameen Division of Family Practice, and community representatives, has just finalized an Action Framework document.
Based on the Action Framework, the Princeton Health Care Steering Committee will now be established as an ongoing mechanism for collaboration. The central objective of the committee is to develop and sustain an effective health care model for people living in and around Princeton; while the Framework is the blueprint for outlining how to achieve this.
The recruitment of the new physicians and development of the Action Framework is a direct result of cooperative work between IH, the Town, RDOS, and the community over the past several months.
You can view the Action Framework document on Interior Health’s website at: http://www.interiorhealth.ca/AboutUs/GetInvolved/Documents/Princeton%20Action%20Framework.pdf
Or follow the path: IH Public Website > About Us > Get Involved > Community Engagement
The document can also be viewed on the websites for the RDOS, Town of Princeton, and Support Our Health Care (SOHC).
Public Meeting and celebration:
The Princeton Health Care Steering Committee will be hosting a community wide public meeting and celebration in early fall that community members are encouraged to attend. Details, including time and location, are currently being finalized.